Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
On November 1, 1966, the El Cariso Hot Shots, a USDA Forest Service Interregional Wildland Firefighting Crew working on the Loop Fire were trapped by flames in a steep canyon on a hillside directly in front of you.
The crew was constructing fireline downhill into a chimney canyon and were within 200 feet of completing their assignment when a sudden shift of winds caused a spot fire directly below where they were working. Within seconds, flames raced uphill, engulfing the firefighters in temperatures estimated to reach 2500 degree F. The fire flashed through
Ten members of the elite firefighting crew, the El Cariso Hot Shots, perished on the Loop Fire that day. Another two members succumbed from injuries in the following days. Most of those who survived were critically burned and remained hospitalized for some time. In the last 30 years, lessons learned from the Loop Fire tragedy have been shared with firefighters around the world, saving many lives.
Dedicated November 1, 1996
Location. 34° 18.986′ N, 118° 25.048′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Hubbard Street 0.8 miles east of Interstate 210. Touch for map. Entering El Cariso Community Regional Park, drive south to the Community Center. Parking near the sw corner of the building walk 200 feet se to the marker location. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13100 Hubbard Street, Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (approx. 0.6 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. Cιsar Chαvez Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 2.8 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
Also see . . . Loop Fire Staff Ride. Staff Rides are tools for educating crew leaders and firefighters about what happened in specific situations. (Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on November 26, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2014, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. 4. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.